Guests are welcome. Meetings include announcements, "show and tell", and programs related to fiber arts. Half day workshops are often held the afternoon following the meeting.

Where: First Baptist Church of Loveland, 1003 W 6th St, in Loveland - see map

When: Second Saturday of the month, from September through May, 9:00 am to noon

Schedule:

  • 9:00 — Set up and mingle

  • 9:30 — Business meeting, show-and-tell

  • 10:30 — Refreshment break

  • 11:00 — Program

  • 12:00 — Clean up

  • Time and place of afternoon workshops to be announced



NCWG programs and workshops for 2019-2020

Workshop fees must be paid at time of registration prior to the workshop. Payments can be made by cash, check, or through PayPal. If a workshop is not filled one month prior to being held, the workshop will be opened to non-members for an additional fee of $30, the cost of an annual membership dues.

Workshop Registration Form

October 12th, 2019:  Constance Hall

Bio: Constance Hall spent 30 years as a glassblower before returning to her first obsessive love of fiber, all kinds of fiber, all the time. From stitching to knitting to weaving and spinning. It’s all cross training and each obsession feeds the next. Pattern designer for Schacht Spindle Co. Published in the TKGA newsletter and Spin Off, Creative Knitting, Handwoven and Little Looms magazines

Program Description:  The Role of the Rigid Heddle in Your Weaving Portfolio

Now it’s time for us to learn about a weaving tool you may not have considered: the rigid heddle loom. Rigid heddle looms are gaining in popularity; they are portable and easy to warp. Find out about all the ways a rigid heddle loom can be useful for your weaving.

Workshop Description:  Weaving Krokbragd on a Rigid Heddle Loom

To learn one novel way to use the rigid heddle loom, you’ll be sure to want to join us for Constance’s 2-day workshop on October 10th and 11th (before the meeting on October 12th). Krokbragd is a weft-faced weave that uses three shafts; we’ll learn how to simulate three shafts on the rigid heddle and complete a fun sampler to really understand what Krokbragd can do. NOTE: You can also use a floor or table loom with at least 3 shafts to do the workshop.

Workshop Date, Time and Location:

Thursday October 10th and Friday October 11th, 9 am - 4 pm, Location TBD 

Cost: $145

Materials fee (paid to instructor): $10

Maximum number participants: Depends on location, estimating 15.


November 9th, 2019 : Debra DeVilbiss

Bio:  Debra has been hooked on crochet since she was 6 years old.  With little fingers too clumsy for a hook, she would tie the yarn around her big toe and finger-crochet long strands of chain stitches, rip them out, then do it again.  A perennial blue-ribbon winner in the Colorado State Fair, she has crocheted using many materials, including wire, twine, thread, yarn and tatting thread. In 2011 she connected with Márie Treanor to learn the technique of Clones Irish Lace which she happily shares with you.

Program Description: Explore the Intricate World of Irish Crochet. Irish Crochet is the original freeform crochet.  Composed of motifs arranged artfully and connected by a netted field, the possibilities of design are endless.  Though the origins of crochet are obscure, Irish Crochet originated in the early 1800’s to imitate the fashionable, yet expensive laces of the wealthy to enable the common folk a luxurious touch of beauty.  Learn more about this art form, its impact on fashion and how it saved the Irish economy.

Workshop Description: Irish Lace Crochet Bookmarks 

This 2 half-day workshop is for crocheters looking to up their game.  You will leave this class with the basics of Irish crochet including patterns for 5 motifs and instruction on how to build the background field.  Bookmarks are small enough to complete in a reasonable amount of time and complex enough to learn the technique.  Bonus, they make terrific Christmas gifts to show off your new skills! Please note, this is not a “learn to crochet” class.  Participants must have the basic stitches mastered and be comfortable working with mercerized or cordonnet cotton and steel hooks.

Day 1:  Motif basics. 

The characteristic texture of Irish crochet is created by use of a packing cord.  You’ll learn how to build motifs to create that lovely ridged effect.  Patterns will be provided for the 5 most basic forms including buttony, shamrock, leaf, rose, and scroll.

Day 2:  Assembly basics

We will assemble the bookmarks using the motifs created and prepared the day before.  You’ll learn how to place the motifs to create your design, and 3 different filling background techniques (including how to form the elusive Clones knot.)  Samples will be available as examples, but you are welcome to create your own individual freeform desig

Workshop Date, Time and Location:

Saturday November 9th 1 - 4 pm, after the meeting at First Baptist Church, Loveland and Sunday November 10th 1 - 4pm location TBD

Cost: $95

Materials fee (paid to instructor): $0

Maximum number participants: 10 


December 14, 2019: Annual Guild Holiday Potluck and maybe a surprise!

We are working on getting a fun program for the holiday meeting, but don’t have it finalized yet.


January 11, 2020: Sally Kuhn

Bio: Sally Kuhn worked for yarn during high school and college, helping with knitting, crochet and needlepoint projects. An avid weaver since 1994, you can see her woven triple weave pick-up cougar in the main office of Smiley Middle School in Denver. Sally has been a member of RMWG since 1995-96. She took the half day Waves Keyring ply-split workshop from Linda Hendrickson in 2008 and has been hooked ever since! Kumihimo is also an addiction.

Program Description: Ply-Split Braiding From Camel Girths to Baskets and Jewelry. Ply-split braiding was studied by Peter Collingwood and presented to fiber enthusiasts with his book Techniques of Ply Split Braiding. We will explore this fascinating technique, tracing the origins in the Thar Desert of India for camel girths to its current use in baskets and jewelry.

Workshop Description: Ply-split a Venus Basket!
Come learn to make a ply-split basket using cotton cords following Linda Hendrickson’s detailed instructions and pre- made 4 ply cords of 10/2 cotton.

Workshop Date, Time and Location: TBD

Sunday, January 12th, 2020, 9 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $50

Materials fee (paid to instructor): $34

Maximum number participants: 12


February 8, 2020 Program Description: Member-to-Member Sale


March 14, 2020: Al Canner

Bio:   Al has had a series of seven-years-long careers, including directing the multilingual/multicultural programming in the Boulder Valley school district, serving as executive director for Colorado’s statewide hospice advocacy organization, providing legal representation to public school districts, and teaching on the CU Law faculty.  He has chaired Boulder’s human relations commission and currently chairs the ethics committee for Boulder’s principal hospice program. Al began creating macramé works, both wall-hanging and sculptural, in the 1970s.  Since his retirement from professional pursuits in 2013, he has devoted much of his energy to knotting, usually producing five or six works each year.  His pieces have been shown at local, national, and international juried exhibits.  

Program Description: Beyond Plant Hangers and Owls: Knotting in Three Dimensions

Al began knotting raw jute plant hangers (never owls!) back in the 1970s, and his exclusively self-taught techniques have brought his work to exhibitions throughout the U.S.  As the Canadian juror said recently at an HGA exhibit at which Al’s work Speckled Digits (shown at NCWG’s Fiber Celebration in 2016) won second place, “I know of no one who has taken macramé so far.”

Al will discuss the kind of knotting that he does (known alternately as Cavandoli weaving/knotting/macramé) and show selected pieces from his body of work, highlighting techniques that he has developed over the years and demonstrating the result of innovative approaches, such as juxtaposing cords of significantly different gauge.

Workshop Description: The Power of the Double Half-Hitch

Building upon the themes introduced in the morning talk to the Guild, participants will experiment with many of the techniques that Al has developed—or, in some cases, stumbled upon—in his knotting journey. 

Included among other topics will be various techniques for mounting cord and beginning a work, for adding weft and warp, for creating bulges and indentations, for fashioning corners and curves, and for finishing.  Necessary materials will be available (but please bring scissors).  Please be forewarned that no project will be undertaken during this half-day workshop; rather, you will leave with the skills necessary to undertake your own knotted work.

Workshop Date, Time and Location:

March 14, 2020, 1 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, Loveland

Cost: $25

Materials fee (paid to instructor): $10

Maximum number participants: 12


April 11, 2020: Laverne Waddington

Bio: Laverne Waddington has been learning to weave on simple looms with indigenous teachers in South America since 1996. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic design influences from around the world to create pieces on a backstrap loom using the various techniques and structures she has studied in South America. In 2010 she published her first book on one of her favorite warp-faced patterning techniques, Andean Pebble Weave which was followed by More Adventures in Warp-faced Pick-up Patterns in 2012. In 2017 she released her first instructional dvd on Operating a Backstrap Loom.

Her articles on backstrap weaving and indigenous textiles have appeared in Handwoven and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot as well as in the published proceedings of the 2012 and 2016 Braid Society conferences.

She has shared her skills and experiences with many visitors to Bolivia over the years and now reaches a global audience with her weaving tutorials and travel tales on her blog. She provides online advice and support to weavers through forums such as Ravelry and teaches and speaks at guilds and textile conferences around the world.

Program Description: Laverne Waddington show of images and video on weaving on simple looms in South America

From the coastal plains to highland valleys, up to the dizzying heights of the Andes and down to the tropical lowland jungles, indigenous and mestizo weavers create intricately patterned cloth on a variety of simple looms. We will explore these regions and the people who inhabit them seeing how the different environments affect the kinds of materials, looms, techniques, colors and motifs that are used. Along the way Laverne will share stories of the weavers with whom she has studied and her love of the basic, yet often surprisingly complex, backstrap loom.

Workshop Description: Introduction to the Backstrap Loom and Pickup Patterns

In this two-day workshop, we follow the path of young girls in some regions of South America as they take their first steps in weaving on narrow warps that are tied to their waists. With these simple body-tensioned looms, we create bands of plain weave, and then learn to add simple pick-up patterns. While doing so, participants will review the basics of backstrap loom operation and the principles of complementary-warp pick-up weaving using only their fingers as tools.

Participants practice reading the weaving from the cloth as well as charting new designs directly from woven samples.

The principles are then applied to a slightly wider warp as we weave a classic Andean hook design on which many of the motifs seen in South American textiles are based. We will prepare warps to weave a variety of patterns by mirroring and flipping the hook motif.

Finally, we learn to apply these principles to warps of any width.

Participants will take home fully dressed warps that they create themselves in class so that they can continue to study these motifs and pick-up techniques.

Workshop Date, Time and Location:

April 13th and 14th, 2020, 9 am - 4:30 pm, TBD

Cost: $175

Materials fee (paid to instructor): $10

Maximum number participants: 8


May 9, 2020 Program Description:  Fashion Show and Scholarship presentations.

This is our traditional year-end fashion show where you can strut your stuff and show off anything you’ve made this year. Please participate even if you’ve shown your project before; not everyone may have seen your glorious creation!

We’ll also get to learn vicariously from our Scholarship recipients as the share the details of the class they attended.